8 useful moving tips

Josh Tonkes

8 June 2020

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8 useful moving tips - make moving day run smoother

1. Purge as you pack
Take the opportunity while packing to get rid of all items you no longer use. Sell, donate or throw these items away, don’t take items you no longer use to clutter up the new house.
If you don’t have the opportunity to part with them before the move label the box to sell or donate so you don’t unpack it.

2. Deal with admin tasks in advance
The moving process does not only involve the packing and moving your stuff. 
One of the most stressful and often overlooked aspects of moving house is tackling administrative tasks.
You need to think about things like change of address and forwarding mail, cancelling utilities and organising new connections for the new residence. 
Also need to update banks, insurance, electoral roll and various things like that. All these things can be done well in advance of moving day. 

3. Use cling wrap to pack liquids and jewellery
Even the best efforts to carefully wrap delicate items and safeguard liquids can be foiled in transit. To avoid frustration when it comes time to open your boxes you can use a common household item: cling wrap.
You can use cling wrap to keep necklaces and bracelets from tangling. Lay a few pieces of jewellery on a length of plastic wrap and fold the wrap over.
The plastic film can also be used to prevent liquids from spilling. Simply unscrew the lids of shampoos or pantry items like olive oil, and place a small square of cling wrap on top. Screw the lid back on to secure the plastic and create a second protective layer to avoid leaks. 

4. Aviod move on a Friday or Saturday
The results are in: Friday and Saturday are officially the busiest days to move house. Whilst it’s not always possible, try and avoid these busy days.
Compared to Friday and Saturday, the best day to make the transition is Sunday, with only 7 per cent of people choosing this day. 

5. Create a clear labelling system

Scrawling the rough contents of each box on the side just makes life hard. Instead, create a logical and clear labelling system and leaving any essentials like a flashlight or first aid to the side.
Divide your pacing into groups based on the room they’re located in, material that they are made of and frequency of use. 
You can start with the items you use rarely, and don’t mix items from different rooms or items of different types such as liquids with clothes. 

6. Use linen instead of bubble wrap 
While cardboard boxes and bubble wrap are fairly inexpensive on their own, moving costs can quickly add up. Before stocking up on supplies research a few hacks to reduce costs.
Your home is full of free packing materials, such as clothing, bed linens, pillows, laundry bins, and suitcases. 
Put pillows and blankets in garbage bags and seal them. When you load the truck, use them as padding between furniture or breakable items. 

7. Hire a babysitter

Even if you’re trying to save costs, there’s one expense you should never skip. On moving day, if you are relocating with kids, you should arrange a sitter in advance.
If you have pets, make sure they don’t obstruct the work of your movers. 
Keeping children and pets out of the house and away from potential safety hazards will relieve a lot of stress on the day so you can focus on the task at hand: moving into your brand-new home. 

8. Try avoid moving in the summer
The worst months to move house happen to be the warmest, according to research. 
It’s the busiest time in the moving industry, demand is high, and thus rates are higher. If you have the flexibility consider moving during autumn – less traffic, lower demand (costs) and only fulltime employees.